As I told you before, my two last lessons with Hans took place in my Art Studio, within the world of still life… Still life are a very rewarding field to study the repartition of shadows and light, the different, subtle grey tones of shadows, the reflections from one object onto the other ones. When you take time to look at a well-arranged, well-lit still life, you will discover the fascinating world of subtle interaction between the objects constituting the still life. And you will never think again: still life is soooo boring!
The day before the lesson I bought a sinful looking red apple, a more demure green apple and some..well, we all know what bananas look like, don´t we? (Kevin always tried to devour them, it was very hard to save them for the drawing lesson!). I still had a very old orange at home, which by now had the dimpled skin of a 100 year-old woman. I thought it would make a good contrast between the voluptuous girlies,the young males and the wizened old lady. I picked some blooming grasses in what pretends to be my garden, artistically arranged them in a schnaps bottle (after pouring away the remaining schnaps, a memory of old times where I granted my gallery clients with some hard alcohol to put them in a buying mood!), spread some petals on the table to complete the composition, switched a side light on and the result was a nice still life. Hans liked it too and went to work -like always- with great enthusiasm. Just look at him and you will see, how he loved it, our Hans in Wonderland!
We first made the drawing, using the “Blind Drawing” method, at which Hans has become very good in a very short time. Quite amazing how fast he learnt it! I had many pupils in the past, to whom I tried to teach that method, and it always took many hours just to force them not to look at their paper while they were drawing lines! It is somehow a question of courage: to draw lines without looking at the paper is like jumping in the dark! Hans seems quite good at that, I wonder if he has adopted this strategy many times in his life!
After the drawing, we started putting some colours, we knew that we would have enough time to finish the drawing, so I decided to make with him the most difficult elements, and then give him instructions to go on alone. First the green apple, then the orange, then the bottle, then the red apple… Hans was quite surprised in the end:
“The red apple was the most difficult, I would never have thought that!”
Indeed it was… a red apple is not a simple red ball. The shape is quite complicated and the shiny superficial structure provokes a lot of reflections with different nuances to it.
The result was quite nice, I would say.
A pity that we could not finish the painting together, but I totally trust Hans to go on alone. Anyway I will assist him at distance, but unfortunately, it will perhaps be some time before he can go on, as he has other, wonderful plans!
And now, dear silent attenders of my school, I must say bye for a while… Some more or less forced holidays… I must travel to Germany tomorrow, for a private, not very pleasant thing, and then to my parents in the French Pyrenees… Also, in my absence think if you would like to attend Goodaskool, I would be very happy!